Thursday 23rd August sees the release of Brit and Ivor Novello Award winning singer and songwriter KT Tunstall’s new single ‘The River’, taken from her forthcoming album ‘WAX’, out 5th October on Virgin Records.
KT’s 6th studio album was entirely self/co-written and is produced by Nick McCarthy, founding member of multimillion selling band Franz Ferdinand, with co-production from duo MyRiot (London Grammar, Birdy). ‘WAX’ also features co-writing contributions from her frequent creative collaborator Martin Terefe and Kings Of Leon producer/ mentor Angelo Petraglia. Drumming duties from seasoned LA-based musician Denny Weston Jnr, and guitar from longstanding friend and collaborator Charlotte Hatherley amongst others, with KT on guitar, synths and vocals throughout.
Following the success of 2016’s Top 10 album ‘KIN’, forthcoming album ‘WAX’ is the 2nd of a trilogy which explores themes of spirit, body, and mind. This album focuses on the body, and our complex relationships with physicality. As KT describes “I knew before I started writing that I wanted it to be an electric guitar record. It had to be visceral, about the physical, and the obstacles of that. It’s a record about human-ness, which we so often just write off as ‘flaws’. Wax evokes colonies of bees, candlelight, the material that the first long-playing records were made of”, she explains, “but more than that, wax is produced inside your own head”.
Lead single ‘The River’ is written by KT Tunstall and Martin Terefe and produced by Nick McCarthy, Sebastian Kellig and MyRiot. It opens with an arresting synth hook, before KT’s powerful voice enters, emotionally taking centre stage. The track builds with strong rhythmic guitar textures, exploding into an anthemic chorus. Heavy guitar riffs are central to this track capturing the dirt, grit and physicality of the album. KT explains “it’s about wanting to escape the madness in the world, escaping bad relationships, and wanting to be washed clean - emancipation through nature”. ‘The River’ is accompanied by an extraordinary video directed by Alexo Wandael.
This September, KT is set to perform 3 sold out shows across the UK. These shows will be performed with an all-female band, and for the first time in years will give fans the chance to see her up close in intimate, rock club settings.
KT will be performing on the following dates:
26 Sep 2018 London Jazz Café **sold out**
27 Sep 2018 Bristol The Fleece **sold out**
28 Sep 2018 Edinburgh The Liquid Room **sold out**
KT has spent the summer touring worldwide with superb artists including, The Pretenders, Simple Minds and Barenaked Ladies. For more details visit: www.kttunstall.com
KT Tunstall emerged in 2004 with ‘Eye To The Telescope’. She has since released a further four critically acclaimed albums and her songs have been used everywhere from the opening credits of The Devil Wears Prada to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign theme. Her last album ’KIN’, released in 2016, received rave reviews and debuted at No.7 on the official UK Album Charts.
Recently KT has been awarded the Inspirational Artist gong at the Women In Music Awards. She was chosen as the first ever female Grand Marshal (following the likes of Sir Sean Connery) to lead April’s annual New York Tartan Week parade. In May she and Mike McCready, of legendary multimillion selling Pearl Jam, also released a cover of Tom Petty’s huge hit single ‘I Won’t Back Down’ with proceeds going to Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation.
KT‘s new single ‘The River’ is out now
KT’s 6th studio album ‘WAX’ is out 5th October on Virgin Records.
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